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Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2012

1 Oct 2012

Yermoshina: 2012 parliamentary elections were the smoothest in Belarus’ sovereign history

MINSK, 1 October (BelTA) – This year’s parliamentary elections have been the smoothest in Belarus’ sovereign history, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Lidia Yermoshina said in an interview to the ONT Kontury TV show on 1 October.

The CEC head praised the election campaign: “Perhaps it has been the smoothest parliamentary elections in my time as a chairperson of the Central Election Commission.” Parliamentary elections are as a rule the most conflict campaign, and the political tension is usually much harder than in any other election campaigns, she said. CEC receives a lot of complaints, deals with disputes and sometimes difficult relations between the candidates and precinct election commissions. There have been much fewer situations of the kind this time.    
“Either candidates were inert or the election commissions worked better this time. Maybe those amendments to the Electoral Code two years ago worked,” Lidia Yermoshina said.

At the same time, the CEC expressed regret of the lack of communication between the candidates to the House of Representatives and voters.

On the whole, Lidia Yermoshina believes that the novelties of this year’s parliamentary elections (debates, a declarative principle for pre-election campaigning, available budgetary resources, others) have justified themselves.

Asked on how objective and independent the assessments of international observers are, Lidia Yermoshina said that they depend on the goals the observation mission sets. She called OSCE’s recognition of the parliamentary elections in Belarus as meeting the national legislation a certain step to meet halfway.


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